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How do I avoid re-installing windows when replacing my motherboard?

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June 14, 2014 2:00:59 PM

I'm replacing my motherboard so I can get a new CPU (AMD FX-8320) but I just don't want to re-install windows. Is there any way to avoid that?

My current motherboard is the ASRock FM2A75 Pro4

Can someone find me a motherboard I can use without reinstalling windows? It also needs an AM3+ socket
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June 14, 2014 2:06:15 PM

You actually can just swap mobo+cpu without having to reinstall the OS. Worked for me.
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June 14, 2014 2:08:13 PM

You will need to clean install due to driver conflicts.
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June 14, 2014 2:09:50 PM

As said previously, it might be possible, but I wouldn't recommend it; You'll be running into lots and lots of chipset driver issues, and that's assuming it even works.
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June 14, 2014 2:10:17 PM

6R1M01R3 said:
You actually can just swap mobo+cpu without having to reinstall the OS. Worked for me.


That depends greatly on the specific hardware involved, both old and new.
Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes it appears to work, but problems crop up in a week or two.
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June 14, 2014 2:10:58 PM

you'll just have to sysprep your hdd before plugging it to a new MB & CPU to avoid boot BSODs. To do this, go to C:\Windows\System32\Sysprep\sysprep.exe, check 'generalize', select 'OOBE' on drop down menu, and 'Shut down'.

When your new board & CPU boots off of your old HDD, you'll get the 'out of box experience' screen, asking you to create new user account. Just call it anything and after that's done, you can log off and switch to your main user account.

Once you're logged in with your main account, you can safely proceed with deleting the newly made account in Control Panel > User Accounts applet

To clarify what sysprep does, it basicly gets rid of all platform specific data such as drivers and configuration files.

You will then need to install the new MB drivers.

Also, don't forget the new MB BIOS. Probably should set it up before booting to windows.
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June 14, 2014 2:11:02 PM

Vizionz said:
I'm replacing my motherboard so I can get a new CPU (AMD FX-8320) but I just don't want to re-install windows. Is there any way to avoid that?


Suck it up and reinstall. Guaranteed to work. Anything else is a 'maybe'.
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June 14, 2014 2:12:31 PM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
You will need to clean install due to driver conflicts.


I am not sure if my case is just one in a million then, I've had the system running for two weeks with no issues whatsoever, also, considering I changed from an AMD cpu+mobo to an Intel cpu+mobo.
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June 14, 2014 2:13:50 PM

You are one of the lucky few.
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June 14, 2014 2:15:15 PM

6R1M01R3 said:
SR-71 Blackbird said:
You will need to clean install due to driver conflicts.


I am not sure if my case is just one in a million then, I've had the system running for two weeks with no issues whatsoever, also, considering I changed from an AMD cpu+mobo to an Intel cpu+mobo.


From personal experience, and reading literally hundreds of similar threads in here....
Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.
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June 14, 2014 2:32:28 PM

Yeah I guess I'll just go ahead and re-install windows it seems to be the easier and more promising way to go. The only thing is downloading all my games again XD
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June 14, 2014 2:38:57 PM

Vizionz said:
Yeah I guess I'll just go ahead and re-install windows it seems to be the easier and more promising way to go. The only thing is downloading all my games again XD


You should have created partitions and installed the games to another directory = 3=
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June 14, 2014 2:39:00 PM

You might have a problem with windows activation with a new MB. I would sysprep.

The boards you're changing have different chipsets.
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